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Below is a list of developmental milestones that children typically reach at the end of 4 months of age. Review them with your child’s healthcare professional and talk about what to expect next.
Movement & Physical Development
Holds head steady, unsupported
Pushes down on legs when feet are on a hard surface
May be able to roll over from tummy to back
Can hold a toy and shake it and swing at dangling toys
Brings hand to mouth
When lying on stomach, pushes up with elbows
Social & Emotional
• Smiles spontaneously, particularly at people • Likes to play with people • Copies some movements and facial expressions – smiling and frowning
Smiles spontaneously, particularly at people
Likes to play with people abd nugt cry when paying stops
Copies some movements and facial expressions, like smiling or frowning
COGNITIVE (LEARNING, THINKING, PROBLEM SOLVING)
Lets you know if they are happy or sad
Responds to affection
Reaches for toy with one hand
Uses hands and eyes togetherm such as seeing a toy and reaching for it
Follow moving things with eyes from side to side
Watches faces closely
Recognizes familiar people nd things at a distance
LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION
Begins to babble
Babbles with expression and copies sounds he hears
Cries in different ways which show hunger, pain, and fatigue
What You Can Do With Your 4-Month-Old
You can help your baby learn and grow. Talk, read, sing, and play together every day. Below are some activities to enjoy with your 4-month-old baby today.
Ask For Help if Your Child...
Doesn’t watch things as they move
Doesn’t smile at people
Can’t hold head steady
Doesn’t coo or make sounds
Doesn’t bring things to mouth
Doesn’t push down with legs when feet are placed on a hard surface
Has trouble moving one or both eyes in all directions
Tell your healthcare provider if you notice any of these signs of possible developmental delay for this age. You can also talk with someone in your community who is familiar with services for young children in your area. Try the FCWN Navigator by emailing
or calling 403-995-2607.